City Works to Clear Streets Despite Arctic Conditions

As the cold weather continues, our dedicated Public Works crew is working long hours to ensure our City streets remain open and clear. Prior to the storm, we put out deicer on our streets, and as the snow began to fall, our crew arrived early, starting at 1am in the morning, to clear the high priority streets in Ferndale (see map on right).

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Using our three sanders and four snow plows, we continue to work on our streets. In the last two days, we have deployed over 70 tons of salt and sand within the City limits. Because that sand also needs to be cleaned up to keep it out of the storm drain system – and our streams – crews work to find the right balance, applying enough sand for traction, but not more than is necessary.

Although there has not been significant snowfall since the first couple of flurries, the below freezing temperatures have resulted in residual accumulated ice and snow. This is the first snowfall the season, and we want to ensure that we have the resources for future snow events while preserving the safety of our residents.

Here’s what residents can do to help:

  • Clear sidewalks abutting your house or business – the City will not be scraping sidewalks, that is the property owner’s responsibility.
  • Stay home if you don’t need to be out. It is safer with fewer people on the roads, especially those not comfortable in snow or ice.

Tips for driving in icy conditions:

  • Clear your windshield and vehicle windows before driving
  • Allow extra time to reach your destination
  • Leave room between you and the vehicle in front of you
  • Do not use cruise control
  • Be extra careful around intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady spots

The City will continue to keep our equipment on the roads and continue to sand local streets with the focus on hills and intersections.  The crew will continue to monitor weather conditions to keep our residents moving safely through our City. Thank you for patience and stay warm.